We engage in long-term activities that bring tangible social benefits. Creativity and commitment of our volunteers are the aspects we value very highly. We are particularly fond of projects implemented in our immediate surroundings, which are targeted at groups particularly at risk of social exclusion, namely children and young people. Also, our response to changing circumstances is flexible and, when required, we get involved in projects important at a given moment.
Fashion for a Better Start
„Moda na lepszy start” [“Fashion for a Better Start”] is an original social program of the LPP Foundation addressed to the wards of children’s homes of the Gdańsk Foundation for Social Innovation, “Rodzinny Gdańsk” Foundation and “Ogniska Nadziei” Foundation. The LPP Foundation donated PLN quarter of a million for activities for 240 wards of the Gdańsk-based organisations, thus allowing the children to develop their skills and passions and have a better start in adulthood. Thanks to the LPP Foundation’s funding, from September 2021 to January 2022 a total of over 3,000 hours of educational, therapeutic and developmental activities were carried out for children from 17 homes. The donated funds were also spent on necessary medical treatment for the wards of the Gdańsk-based foundations. The first effects of the project and the positive response from programme participants have contributed to the LPP Foundation’s decision to continue the “Fashion for a Better Start” initiative and to double the budget for this purpose in 2022.
#LPPpomaga is a campaign to support medical facilities and people most in need in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic. In spring, we allocated nearly PLN 5.7 million to this end, donating, among other things, one million protective masks to over 300 medical facilities throughout Poland. Moreover, thanks to the cooperation with nearly 50 organisations, over 27 thousand cotton masks and 1660 protective overalls, sewn by LPP employees, reached those most in need. Along with the growing demand, we extended our support beyond Pomerania and Małopolska and reached centres located in other regions of the country.
CLOTHING BRANDS IN #LPPPOMAGA
Our clothing brands also participated in the aid actions, allocating for this purpose over PLN 240 thousand from the sale of Joyful and Eco Aware collections. We also addressed charitable activities to individuals and organisations in the company’s immediate vicinity. Consequently, we provided over 870 lunches to senior citizens from Dolne Miasto district in Gdańsk.
COMPUTERS FOR CHILDREN’S HOMES
In addition, 100 computers were donated to 18 children’s homes in Pomerania and Cracow, thanks to which 150 pupils could continue their remote learning. Since the beginning of the epidemic, we have been providing both financial and in-kind support to those most affected by the coronavirus epidemic.
HELP FOR HOSPITALS
As part of the second edition of the #LPPpomaga campaign, we donated almost 20 thousand items of clothing and financial support in the total amount of almost PLN 1.2 million to nine facilities in Pomerania and Cracow. Our support was given to the folliwing facilities: 7th Naval Hospital in Gdańsk, COPERNICUS Hospitals in Gdańsk, the University Centre for Maritime and Tropical Medicine, Specialist Hospital in Kościerzyna, and in Cracow: University Hospital, S. Żeromski Specialist Hospital, John Paul II Specialist Hospital, University Children’s Hospital and J. Dietl Specialist Hospital.
Our employees have been involved in employee volunteering activities for years. Such an activity contributes to our development and is an opportunity to get to know each other and boost interpersonal relations at work. Sharing our time, talent and skills – regardless of our position in the company structure – is simply rewarding. That is why many of us become involved in regular activities or even join the WolontWariaci team on a permanent basis. Our business partners who cooperate with us have been increasingly often invited to help as well.
RENOVATION OF THE NIGHT AND HOLIDAY HEALTHCARE FACILITY’S WAITING ROOM
Our cooperation with Polanki Children’s Hospital in Gdańsk has been going on for several years now and never do we run out of ideas for activities. In 2019, the Night Care corridor was renovated with the financial support of the LPP Foundation, and in 2020 our creative team crowned these activities by decorating the renovated part of the hospital with fabulous paintings! A gloomy and neglected room, thanks to the work of our WolontWariaci team, has become a friendly seaside world that can at least be some distraction from the problems of the little patients staying there.
Our cooperation began with a conversation about financial support for the renovation of the foundation’s premises. A metamorphosis of the therapeutic common room and specialist rooms was carried out by our volunteers. The Foundation’s charges can now spend time and receive therapy in friendly, cosy and beautiful spaces!
CAT HOUSES AW2020
There are many animal lovers among LPP employees who put their positive energy into helping them. Therefore, in 2020 – for the third time already – we organised a grassroots volunteer initiative called ‘Kocie Budki’ [‘Cat Houses’], which consisted in renovating and insulating cat houses located within the premises of the former Gdynia Shipyard S.A. Thanks to this action, over 120 cats living there will spend the next winter in comfortable conditions.
PREVIOUS VOLUNTEERING PROJECTS
‘’DO NASADZENIA’’ [‘‘TO BE PLANTED’’]
We became an official partner of the event ‘DO NASADZENIA’ organised by TORUS. Its aim was to rebuild the forest in Lipusz, which was destroyed by the storm in 2017. On 19 and 26 October 2019, together with about 1500 employees of almost 40 companies, we reconstructed the forest covering 11 hectares. Two hundred LPP employees took part in the action.
CHILDREN’S DAY AND ST. NICHOLAS DAY
It has become a tradition that our employees play fairy tale characters and give presents to the young patients of the University Children’s Hospital in Cracow. This year, children we visited for the first time at the Polish Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in Gdańsk also responded with great joy.
REARRANGEMENT OF ‘SO EAT’ RESTAURANT
We designed and implemented a rearrangement of the restaurant which operates on the principles of a social company and is a place where the charges of children’s homes run by the Foundation for Social Innovation can start their first job, try to become independent and gain invaluable experience, which will pay off in the future.
After the action of mounting colourful pictures on the ceiling of the Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Ward for Children at Copernicus Hospital in Gdańsk, in 2019, we returned to that place to decorate the corridor. Following two days of intensive work, the images of Gdańsk tenement houses appeared on the walls – the local aspect has always been very important to us.
We care for the fate of helpless animals. For years, we have been handing over our materials for insulating kennels and our employees are eager to engage in helping the four-legged friends. Some of our people are active in foundations taking care of dogs, cats and wild animals. Each year, our volunteers, together with Pomeranian Temporary Cat Home, renovate cat houses and prepare them for for the new season for the cats living on the grounds of Crist Shipyard and Nauta Shipyard in Gdynia.
SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN’S
HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
So far, we have painted three day rooms and renovated the Cystic Fibrosis Outpatient Clinic at Polanki Children’s Hospital in Gdańsk; ‘Z Pompą’ Foundation received support from us for the purpose of retrofitting the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Ward at University Clinical Centre in Gdańsk. In Cracow, we periodically cooperate with the University Children’s Hospital.
In 2019, we launched the first mini-migrant programme. Employees were able to propose their projects in the following areas: education, safety, culture, health, ecology, social and sports activities, diversity, and impact on the working environment in LPP. The four best-assessed projects were awarded funding, thanks to which activities for the Single Mothers’ Home in Matemblewo and a school in Bangladesh were implemented. Training sessions for the LPP TEAM in Cracow were held, and a garden for employees was created on the terrace of the LPP headquarters in Gdańsk. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the second edition was postponed to 2021.
Since 2017, as part of ‘’First Fitting’’ project, we have been helping young people from children’s homes to learn the ins and outs of working in our industry and get hooked on fashion. We give them the opportunity to gain their first experience in the labour market, so important when starting out on their own. Participation in the ‘’First Fitting’’ project gives young employees the chance to gain professional competences in the field of working at the store holding various positions. They also develop a number of social skills and build self-confidence. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closed stores, the project could not be implemented; we plan to continue it in the years to come.
Eco Aware is a textile collection action commenced in 2018 in the biggest Reserved stores in Poland, with House and Mohito brand stores joining the following year. As part of the action, anyone can donate unwanted clothes, irrespective of their label. The important thing is that the clothes are in good condition and can be reused. By the end of 2020, we collected over 5.3 tons of clothes which the LPP Foundation donates to St. Brother Albert’s Aid Society which runs night-shelter facilities for homeless people all over Poland. The clothes will be given to the homeless and those in a difficult life situation.
We also use our energy and leg strength to for charitable causes. Employees – not only those who are members of the LPP Team gathering sports enthusiasts – every year support a sports charity action, whereby the LPP Foundation converts kilometres registered through cycling or running throughout the year into zlotys. For every kilometre run or cycled, we donate a selected amount, which we distribute among the charges of foundations from Pomerania and Małopolska. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project could not be implemented.